The MA in English Studies offers you the opportunity to focus on the areas of English literary studies that interest you the most, with modules covering literature from the medieval period to the present day. You can choose to study literature before 1800, as well as selecting from specialist modules in Creative Writing, Victorian Literature, and Modern and Contemporary Literature.
This course will allow you to deepen your existing knowledge, discover new fields, and acquire the skills to enable independent research at an advanced level. You will be asked to consider how the interpretation of works might be affected by editorial and contextual factors, and you will be introduced to theories of textual editing, book history and material culture.
Your dissertation can be in any period of English literature. You can choose between writing a standard or extended dissertation, making this programme ideal if you are thinking of continuing your studies to doctoral level, or if you would like to pursue a career which emphasises research skills. After consultation with staff, you will submit a proposal for the length of dissertation you would like to take.
Whichever areas of English you choose to focus on during your time here, you will benefit from our excellent teaching, our fantastic library facilities, and high-quality academic support.
2:1 degree in English literature or language or its equivalent.
You will be asked to provide a personal statement as part of your application, explaining why you have chosen this course.
Where appropriate, you may be asked to submit an essay as part of our admissions process. We will contact you if this is the case.
We recommend that you apply for this course by mid-summer at the latest.
English Language Requirements
IELTS 6.5 or equivalent. If your first language is not English, you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. If you do not yet meet our requirements, our English Language Teaching Unit (ELTU) offers a range of courses to help you to improve your English to the necessary standard.
Research Methods and Writing Skills
Editing and Textual Cultures
You will also choose:
either your Dissertation and Authorship and Authority
The Extended Dissertation
Choose three option modules from:
Old Haunts: The Ghost Story in Medieval and Early Modern Culture
Roman Remains: Classical Antiquity in the Drama of Shakespeare and his Contemporaries
Abolition and Adventure: Narratives of the Atlantic World
Gender and Sexuality in Medieval Literature
Victorian Lives: Life-Writing in the Victorian Period
Women in Literature, Culture, and Society, 1850-1900
Evolution and Entropy: Changing Representations of the Sciences in Victorian Literature
Dickens and the 1840s
Poetry Writing and Contemporary Poetry
Literature and the Environment: Global Eco-Fiction
Twenty-First Century Fiction
UK and EU Students
This is the total course fee.
Starting in September 2021
If you are resident outside the UK and the Republic of Ireland, you will need to pay a deposit of £2,000 to secure your place. This will be subtracted from your total tuition fee. Did you know you can apply for a Government Postgraduate Loan? Find out if you’re eligible. Waddington Scholarship
The Waddington Scholarship is an award of £1,000, awarded on the basis of academic merit. It is open to full-time and part-time students from anywhere in the world.
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